Greg Mattison recently stated he wants 22 defenders he feels comfortable with playing because injuries are not an excuse for any loss. Pessimistic prognosticators point to our paper thin depth as a reason to pick us for 6 wins. I ask, are we really that thin in depth?Or am I just inflating the following depth compared to the miniscule depth over the past three years?
Depth by position-
OL-Schofield-This RS Soph was already subbed in the past weekend and has received high marks from the staff.
WR-J. Robinson, J. Jackson, J. Gallon, D. Dileo-Three of these youngsters played last year and Robinson is the most hyped redshirt frosh on the team.
QB-Gardner-Denard is the absolute worst injury this team could suffer. However Devin has the athletic talent to keep things interesting.
RB-Fitz, Smith, Hopkins, and Rawls-Fitz looks like a 1b starter from preseason videos and reports.
DB-Floyd, Talbott, and pick your favorite frosh DB-both played at DB last year.
LB-Assuming Hawthorne, Demens, and C. Gordon start-M. Jones, J. Ryan, B. Herron, M. Evans, and Fitzgerald-That's 5 linebackers that are either old dudes, or their stock is on the rise (Ryan this year, Jones last year who played on 3rd downs vs. ND pre-injury).
D-line-Heininger, Campbell, Qwash, Black-I think Qwash will step up this year. He looked ok in limited time last year and Mattison said in the spring he could "roll" Washington and Campbell to keep them fresh. Let's hope Brink is a true starter Kovacs style.
Conclusion: Overall I am not going to hit the panic button at any position unless Denard, Mike Martin, or Troy Woolfolk go down given their all-star power. Only 6 days away, Go Blue!